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All US colleges and universities are re-examining their curricula in order to prepare their students to be productive, agile, and relevant in their careers. Under the new chancellor, ECSU has the opportunity to assess and evaluate current and future national and international needs for talent. As the global population grows and matures, there is an even greater need for informed health services, greater data management and use to inform decision making, to name a few points of focus that should shape ECSU’s curriculum. ECSU would do well to partner with local, regional, and state leaders on understanding new areas of inquiry within its curriculum, identifying experts to engage students, providing realistic problems to address inside and outside of the classroom and lab, and generally expanding the educational experience of ECSU students.

ECSU’s core curriculum provides a pedagogical framework for students to develop their skills in becoming competent, resourceful, global leaders. The curriculum explicitly teaches critical thinking in the humanities and social and natural sciences. It reinforces respect for diverse viewpoints and ethical values. Students develop effective problem-solving skills for addressing real world challenges and intellectual humility through service learning. Students engage in quantitative and qualitative research in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities as they understand the complexities of the human condition.

Coursework enhances students’ critical thinking and problem-solving ability that lead to the development of competent, resourceful, and imaginative leaders; encourage an understanding of the social world and natural environment and their relationships to communities; and incubate creativity.

ECSU is home to 101 full-time faculty (82 tenured/tenure track and 19 non-tenure track), and 35 part-time faculty. The personal attention and sense of family, central to the ECSU experience, are reflected in the student faculty ratio of 13:1. With 70% of classes having fewer than 20 students, faculty can provide students a high degree of individualized attention and instill in them a thirst for lifelong learning.

Finally, community service is also encouraged in the curriculum. ECSU grooms its students to become ethical custodians of the human family and to develop a strong consciousness for global and community engagement.


Elizabeth City State University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the baccalaureate and master's levels.


Elizabeth City State University is a constituent institution of The University of North Carolina. As such, ECSU is ever mindful of its role in the state government. It is the university’s mission to provide a challenging, student-centered learning environment, preparing students for responsible participation and leadership in an ever-changing world. Through teaching, research, and community outreach, ECSU is a valuable resource for developing the intellectual capital of the state and the nation and for addressing the environmentally sensitive economic needs of northeastern North Carolina.

ECSU’s bylaws provides governance by a board of trustees of 13 members. This number must include eight persons elected by the UNC board of governors; four persons appointed by the Governor; and the president of the Student Government Association of ECSU shall serve ex officio.

This board shall serve as an advisor to the Board of Governors on matters pertaining to Elizabeth City State University and shall also serve as an advisor to the chancellor concerning the management and development of Elizabeth City State University.

ECSU’s Board of Trustees is organized into the following standing committees: Governance - Executive and Personnel Committee;  Academic and Enrollment Services Committee; Infrastructure and Technology Committee;  Finance, Audit, and Strategic Planning Committee; and  Student Experience Committee.

ECSU’s Board of Trustees meets four times each year, generally on the second Tuesday in the months September, December, March, and June. When appropriate, the committees meet outside of regularly scheduled board meetings in person or telephonically.

ECSU’s total endowment stands at $12 million. The operating budget for FY2017-2018 is approximately $54 million.

ECSU currently has an annual operating budget of $56 million, which includes $14 million in auxiliary service funding and $2.3 million in annual repair and renovation funding.

During the period of 2008-2009 through 2012-2013, faculty and staff generated 413 proposals (with $172,166,170 in submissions) and received 275 awards totaling $62,914,868.

For the fiscal year ending June 30, 2017, ECSU had total assets of $176 million, liabilities of $47 million, and net assets of $129 million. Total current assets were $14 million, which equates to a healthy coverage of $3 dollars in current assets for every $1 in current liabilities. The university also had $26 million in outstanding bonds (including ECSU Foundation debt) as of June 30, 2017. Finally, the university had $28 million in cash and investments, including an endowment of $11 million.


As the university’s main external relations arm, university advancement includes the areas of community development and alumni relations development. The division’s primary functions are to secure funds and resources that enable the university to strengthen its financial viability and fulfill its vital mission. Implicit in these functions is the creation and continuance of sustainable relationships with alumni, corporations, foundations, governmental agencies, the Elizabeth City community at large, and philanthropic entities that have the means and desire to support the university in various ways. The maintenance of such relationships is predicated on the division’s demonstrated ability to develop and implement policies, practices, and procedures that support prospect research, external communication, data management, stewardship, and post award reporting.

The ECSU advancement team culminated the 2017-2018 year with the 2018 ECSU Day of Giving, which set a new record for a single day of fundraising with more than 1,800 donors giving more than $227,000 to the university. These efforts have led to ECSU doubling its fundraising with over $1.431 million in gifts to the university during the 2017-2018 fiscal year compared to only $713,698 during the previous fiscal year, a 101 percent increase in giving. This represents the third highest fundraising total in the history of the university. ECSU also had 1,415 alumni donors to donate this year compared to 1,081 last year. This represents a 32 percent increase in alumni gifts, and ECSU has achieved an alumni giving rate of 11.2 percent during the 2017-2018 fiscal year compared to 8.31 percent last year. This new alumni giving rate will place ECSU third among all 17 UNC system institutions.


Over 20,000 living alumni are networked through the Elizabeth City State University National Alumni Association (ECSU NAA). A nonprofit 501(c)3 organization with a singular purpose – to support ECSU, the NAA is divided into 27 chapters nationwide that stand ready to contribute their time, talents, and treasure to ensure the university’s continuing excellence.

Keeping alumni, the bedrock of ECSU’s support, actively engaged and well-informed is vital to the immediate and long-term health of the university, as an institution whose community/family extends far beyond the campus gates.


This fall, ECSU enrolled 1,678 students, an 18 percent increase over last year. At 418 students, freshman enrollment is the largest the university has enrolled in five years. This boasts a second consecutive year of enrollment growth following five straight years of declining enrollment. These students are supported by 101 full-time faculty members, 35 part-time faculty, and 251 full-time non-faculty staff.


ECSU attracts highly motivated, ethnically diverse, and values-driven students. In many cases, these young women and men are drawn to ECSU’s rich legacy and pronounced commitment to the HBCU tradition of family. Indeed, it is ECSU’s tight-knit community that students take great pride in bestowing upon each incoming class.

Student leaders are active and outspoken. The Student Government Association is the student body’s central organ of communication, leadership, and advocacy; engaging vigorously with trustees and senior administration and relentless in their lobbying of student interests.

Learning happens outside the classroom, as well. ECSU offers students a variety of extracurricular activities and opportunities in over 65 clubs and organizations, including the following:

  • Student Government Association
  • Fraternity and sorority life
  • Cultural experiences
  • Theater, choral, and musical performance groups
  • Lyceum series of national artists and speakers
  • Campus radio and TV stations
  • Fitness training, weightlifting, and racquetball at the wellness center

 At ECSU, students may participate in ten sports: baseball, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, softball, tennis, and volleyball. A member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), ECSU athletes compete in the association's Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA). Since 2005, ECSU’s student-athletes have earned a respectable collection of championship trophies in this conference, including softball and baseball (2005), basketball (Vikings 2007), volleyball (Lady Vikings 2008), and bowling (Lady Vikings 2009). ECSU teams also won three CIAA Eastern Division titles: football (Vikings 2006 and 2008), basketball (Lady Vikings 2007), and volleyball (Lady Vikings 2007). The football team won the CIAA Northern Division championship in 2011 and the Pioneer Bowl XIV in 2012.